Mike Townsend

Founder & CEO

Mike Townsend is founder and CEO of Earthshine — an international business consultancy/think tank that integrates sustainability principles into the heart of business strategy and operations — enabling sustainable business success and the transition to a low-carbon economy.

In addition to running Earthshine, Mike serves on an advisory board with University of Oslo, where he teaches courses/lectures on Sustainable Development, Business & Economy.

Mike is author of the forthcoming book, The Quiet Revolution (Greenleaf, 2019), editor of Reframing the Game (2015), and lead author of A Journey in Search of Capitalism 2.0 (2013). He is also a regular contributor for Huffington Post, 2Degrees, The Guardian, Edie.net and others.

Mike holds an MBA from the University of Birmingham Business School (UK) and a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering Management from the University of Wolverhampton (UK), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Mike also enjoys family life, hiking, reading, listening to music, practicing mindfulness, and playing rock drums.

Mike Townsend is tagged in 3 stories.
Can We Avoid the Fall of Giants?
Can We Avoid the Fall of Giants?

Business Case / The recent collapse of Carillion plc raises serious questions about the viability of corporate business models. This might not be an isolated event — presenting a major wake-up call for businesses, everywhere. The question is, what should be done: Can we avoid the fall of giants, or are we witnessing an inevitable process of creative destruction? - 1 year ago

A Beating Heart for Sustainable Brewing: For the Many, Not the Few
A Beating Heart for Sustainable Brewing: For the Many, Not the Few

Business Case / A new study on Ontario’s craft beer industry takes a systems-wide approach to dealing with the sustainable growth challenge, and how we can deliver shared prosperity — with important insights for brewers and industry stakeholders everywhere. - 1 year ago

This Holiday Season, Enjoy Your Festive Brew  —  While You Can!
This Holiday Season, Enjoy Your Festive Brew  —  While You Can!

Organizational Change / The rise of craft beer is a major success story. Yet, the industry is reaching an important crossroads. A new study highlights major risks ahead — meaning continuous growth and success cannot be taken for granted. Meanwhile, there’s a great opportunity to find a new ‘sweet spot’ for growth and sustainability. The festive season is once more upon us. Perhaps you will raise a glass or two, and enjoy your favourite beer. You might go for one of the many mass-produced beers on the market, or maybe you will opt for something different, and a little more ‘crafted’ — a bright golden IPA, perhaps? - 1 year ago

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